This page describes the booking and payment procedures, terms and conditions of Dive The World's vacation packages.
The following sections on this page include:
Our prices are so competitive that we are prepared to make you a Lowest Price Guarantee: If you can book the same diving package elsewhere online, at the same time, then we will beat that price - making Dive The World the lowest price!
How can we do this? Well because you don't pay for our service, our operators do. So you can benefit from our independent advice and experience and it costs you nothing!
Dive The World agrees to consider all claims in good faith.
If the claim is deemed valid then we agree to offer you a lower price immediately.
Special 'local' prices to residents of each destination and special offers that may subsequently arise are excluded from this offer.
All judgments of claims are final and binding.
This offer cannot be combined with any lowest price gaurantee claims.
When you have booked a trip with us once, there are many benefits you can enjoy:
As an initiative to reward our customers who recommend our services, Dive The World offers a 'Refer a friend voucher' to reward a referrer who introduces a new customer(s) to Dive The World with a voucher worth US$ 100. This reward system operates as follows:
When launching a new product, Dive The World may choose to offer a new product voucher worth US$ 100 to each customer for early bookings. In such cases:
The prices on our websites can be displayed in a variety of currencies (default is USD) for guidance purposes only. This is to allow our customers to make easy, direct comparisons between different dive trips and destinations. We use the most up-to-date exchange rates reasonably possible and therefore these quoted prices are subject to currency fluctuation.
Final prices in source currency will be quoted in all email correspondence and official documentation.
After you fill out the website inquiry form you will receive an email with your free shortlist of diving options.
The email that we send you contains the best recommendations to match your requirements that you identified in the inquiry form.
Depending on your requirements, the options may include details of the following package choices:
Important: These options are held open as available to you only for a short time.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that all options and prices quoted in your Shortlist of Options will be available unless within 48 hours of receiving your quote you confirm your intention to purchase!
Therefore, you must confirm immediately to avoid disappointment and to prevent the option being unavailable due to another customer booking it.
You can confirm your intention to purchase by replying to our email indicating your preferred option(s), or reply with any further questions you may have.
When we receive notice of your intention to purchase, we will double check availability, put on hold your space(s) according to the operator's deadline, and send you an email with your Provisional Booking Held Notification, with instructions on how to make your full payment or your Confirmed Reservation Deposit. We recommend booking flights only after receiving your Provisional Booking Held Notification.Confirmed Reservation Deposit
A Confirmed Reservation Deposit is payable by you, to guarantee your reservation. The non-refundable deposit required is 30% of the total price of your booking.Confirmation of Reservation Completed
As soon as we receive your Confirmed Reservation Deposit then we shall inform the operator of your reservation. As soon it is confirmed by the operator that the reservation process is complete we will send you Confirmation of Reservation Completed.How a contract is made
Please note that the way a contract is formed on-line for the purchase of a retail product will be different from the way scuba diving vacations or courses are purchased through Dive The World.
Our business operates to an agency model. This means that we act as a disclosed agent for third party suppliers, such as PADI centres, liveaboard operators or other dive operators, hotels and resorts. We gather all the information and representations from the operators and put it all in one place for you. We do our best to verify and update this information as much as is practical. Since we act as agents this means that we have no contractual liability to you in respect of the product. However we may still be liable to you if we have been negligent, if we have misrepresented important information or have been in breach of any other relevant law.
What this means is that the contract for the product is between you and the operator. In most cases this will mean that there are additional terms and conditions governing the contract as each operator will have terms and conditions relating to their trips. Please make sure that you have read these terms and conditions before completing your transaction with us. You can easily request them from us.
The technical steps required for a contract to be formed are as follows:
When we place products on the site we are inviting you to make an offer for their purchase. You do not make this offer until you communicate an Intention to Purchase (i.e. not a general inquiry). Your offer is an offer to purchase the products from the operator for whom we are acting as agent. We are authorised by each of the operators to accept this offer on their behalf. After checking availability we send our "Provisional Booking Held Notification" and in doing so we are accepting your offer and requesting a payment. Once payment is received there is a binding contract between you and your supplier for the product.
Please note that once the payment is received you can only cancel the diving product in accordance with our terms and conditions. It is your responsibility to ensure you are familiar with any cancellation charges relevant to your booking.
You make your final payment of your package price (normally the remaining 70%) to be received by us more than 60 days before the commencement date (or more than 90 days for some products and whole boat charter reservations). Therefore, it is important to allow time for the transaction to be finalised before this 60 day requirement. We will endeavour to keep you informed, by email, of the final payment amount and due date. Failure to pay your balance prior to such due date will be considered as cancellation by you within 60 days before the package commencement date and you will be subject to the terms and conditions that apply in the event of customer cancellation.
All payment instructions are sent to you by email when a payment is required (for further advice about making payments, please see our customer payment guide).
Payments can be made by credit/debit card, or Paypal
To make your secure on-line payment with the Stripe payments gateway, or to send money from your own Paypal account, click on the relevant link in the email that we send you and follow the simple instructions on the website. Please have your full bank card details and billing address handy, together with your telephone number and email address.
You can pay by Visa or MasterCard.
Please note, if you choose to use our Stripe payments facility you can opt to pay in the currency required by the dive operator or in a currency of your own choice. Should the use of a foreign exchange rate be necessary, you will be first advised of and then charged the amount at the bank's rate of exchange.
If you choose to pay using your Paypal account you will be first advised of and then charged the amount in HK dollars at the bank's rate of exchange.
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If you decide to cancel your reservation 60 days or more before your package commencement date you will not be entitled to the return of your deposit. We will return your payment less the deposit and any bank charges incurred by us.
If you cancel your reservation any less than 60 days before your package commencement date you will not be entitled to the return of any payment. Such payments are retained in compensation for potential lost bookings.
It is your responsibility to inform us of any changes to your booking at the earliest opportunity.
If you cancel your reservation before day 1 of the course, then the above cancellation terms shall apply.
If you cancel your reservation on day 1 of the course, then you will be returned your payment by the course provider, less deposit and the cost of any materials used (including, but not limited to, the student manual).
If you cancel your reservation after day 1 of the course, we retain the right to keep any payments made.
For a full boat charter reservation, please cancel 90 days or more before your package commencement date to qualify for a return of monies paid less your deposit and any bank charges incurred by us.
If you decide to change your booking after you have made your reservation we will do what we reasonably can to accommodate you but it may not always be possible. You should notify us as soon as possible of any changes as the sooner you do this the more likely it is that we can make the change. There will be an administration fee of US$ 100 (in addition to any changes necessary to the price of your reservation) for any booking changes which require the issuance of a new Confirmation of Reservation Completed or invoice including, but not limited to, changes in dates, room type and diving programme.
We want you to have the scuba diving vacation you've been dreaming about. However, life doesn't always work out like that. Although the contract for the product is between you and the operator, if you have any queries concerns or complaints, please follow these guidelines to help us to help you in any conflict resolution.
We'll help you to make a formal complaint, which will need to be submitted in writing no later than 28 days after the end of your diving package.
We will follow up and support you in your complaint to see that you are treated fairly by the operator and get adequate compensation from them for your troubles.
In the event that you are entitled to and receive a refund after your vacation, there will be an administration fee of US$ 50 deducted from such refund, to cover our own costs.
If you pay by credit/debit card you agree not to file a card chargeback with regard to the purchase without first corresponding with us about the details of your dispute and allowing us reasonable time to investigate and respond to your dispute. In the event that you breach this agreement and file a chargeback, upon a resolution in our favour you agree to reimburse us for any costs incurred in researching and responding to such chargeback, including our actual costs paid to the card processor or our banks, other third parties, and the reasonable value of the time of our employees spent on the matter. In the event that a chargeback is placed on a transaction that will be considered notification of cancellation by you. We also reserve the right to report the incident for inclusion in the chargeback abuser databases.
Dive The World can not be held liable for and will not be responsible for personal injuries, property damage, or wrongful death that may occur during activities, as a result of the inherent risks associated with scuba diving or as a result of acts or omissions of other third parties.
Diving requires a certification from a recognised dive agency such as PADI. It is your responsibility that you are suitably qualified, and provide proof of such qualification upon request, to participate in any scuba activities prior to you taking part. Such activities include all activities other than PADI Open Water Diver or Scuba Diver courses, or Discover Scuba Diving activities that allow participants to take part without a license.
We strongly recommend that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover unexpected events.
If due to some failing of the operator, e.g. mechanical failure, a trip is cancelled/shortened, Dive The World will do its best to find you an acceptable alternative or re-scheduled trip. If we are unable to do so then we will offer you a full/partial refund.
Occasionally unforeseen circumstances arise such as sudden bad weather, flight cancellations, travel restrictions, war and political incidents. Dive The World will do its best to make suitable alternative arrangements for you. In this event, we will re-schedule your trip to an acceptable later date, or, where appropriate, re-route your trip to another acceptable destination. However, there is no automatic right to a refund or compensation in this event.
In the unlikely event of a cruise being cancelled due to insufficient reservations we will alert you to this as soon as we become aware of the danger. In these circumstances we will take all reasonable steps to ensure you receive an alternative and comparable cruise.
It is your responsibility to get to the scheduled departure point of your trip or the operator pick-up point, or to the resort. Generally there will be no right to a refund due to unforeseen circumstances that affect your ability to be present.
Changes to itineraries, ports or numbers of dives are not valid reasons for a refund, partial or otherwise.
From time to time fuel prices may rise leading scuba operators to apply a fuel surcharge. Such an occurrence may lead to an unexpected addition to the price of your booking. These circumstances are, of course, beyond the control of Dive The World and we understand they can cause some frustration. We will notify you when such surcharges come to our attention. Your understanding is appreciated.
All customers should ensure they have appropriate insurance to cover the diving they will be doing during their trip. As a first-time customer you may qualify for free dive insurance (see above). Otherwise we also highly recommend that you take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy with cover that includes cancellation, medical, personal liability and effects. With World Nomads you can get low cost insurance that covers you for both your diving and travel needs:
However, as a student diver attending one of our PADI courses in Phuket, you are insured against diving accidents that may happen during your open water dives.
Scuba diving can be a demanding activity. It is your reponsibility to ensure that you are medically fit for the purpose of participating in any actiivites booked with us. If you have any doubts whatsoever, you should consult a physician who is qualified to give advice on fitness for the purpose of recreational scuba diving.
We are not qualified to give you advice on medical matters relating to vacations. Therefore, be sure to discuss immunisation and prevention of tropical ailments with your doctor and follow their advice.
When you confirm your reservation, please be prepared to provide us with the following details (we'll remind you again at the time):
Clients do not need to apply for a Myanmar visa at a Myanmar embassy. You will be issued Myanmar Entry Permits (which includes a 30 day visa) on arrival in Kawthaung (the southernmost port of Myanmar).
Please e-mail or post us 4 colour passport-size photographs and a copy of the main (photograph) page of your passport to help us expedite your Burma entry.
If there are any changes to the details supplied to us by you it is your responsibility to inform Dive The World as soon as possible. In particular we will not be responsible for problems arising from your failure to adhere to instructions in our emails or correspondence (e.g. late changes to your transfer information, your failure to satisfy permit documentation requirements etc).
All fares are quoted inclusive of taxes unless otherwise stated. Our prices reflect operator/supplier prices and are therefore subject to changes that they may make without prior notice. We will inform you of such changes as soon as possible.
Please note that the number of dives we quote in our packages is a best estimate based on normal circumstances, not a guarantee. Circumstances may arise during trips (weather, illness, personal choice) where the total number of dives done is less than the number we estimate. There will be no partial refunds in these circumstances.
It is incumbent upon you to ensure that you meet the passport, visa, health requirements of the countries you wish to visit and those that you transit.
Like other online agents our website will NOT stop you from making impossible bookings such as 2 different liveaboard diving trips at the same time or where you book diving on the same day as a later flight. It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not make such reservations.
We will do our best to correct errors and omissions as quickly as practicable after being notified of them. However because of the sophisticated technology that is required in operating Dive The World there may be times when obvious errors occur. For example, very occasionally, this may result in a package price, product or other detail displayed or presented on our websites being incorrect. In this case we will do our best to correct the terms or revise them to mutual satisfaction, notwithstanding we reserve the right to cancel that contract, but this of course will be without any liability to you.
We strive to ensure that the information contained on our websites and blog is as accurate and up-to-date as possible. However we cannot always guarantee representations made by the operators we promote. For example, if a resort or liveaboard declares themselves to be of a particular PADI status, we do not make any representation that they are and continue to be in compliance with all aspects of such PADI status. If nitrox is normally available (at cost or free of charge) but then the dive operator is unable to provide it during your package this will not be reason for a partial refund.
The site and any content may not be modified, copied, transmitted, distributed, sold, displayed, licensed, or reproduced in any way by you without our express written permission, except if you wish to make copies of the website for your own personal and non-commercial use.
Dive The World has no responsibility for the content of other third party websites of which links appear on any of our websites or for the actions/inactions of the owners/operators of such sites. We make no representations or warranties in relation to such sites or any packages or services provided on or through those sites or the providers of those services.
Dive The World Limited (Registration Number 837138) is registered at Room 3603, Level 36, Tower 1, Enterprise Square Five, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
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